Making an attempt to fit in, at the invitation of a flirtatious classmate Baja Miller, Jake goes to a party where he is unwillingly pulled into a fight with the MMA champion at the school, Ryan McCarthy. Originally, Jake does not wish to fight until Ryan taunts him about his father. Ryan easily defeats Jake, with video of the event circulating at their school and leaving Jake humiliated. A classmate, Max Cooperman, introduces himself to Jake and tells him about MMA. He sees a star in Jake and asks that he meet with MMA master Jean Roqua. Roqua agrees to take Jake as a pupil, but under the condition that Jake refrains from fighting outside of the gym which Jake agrees to. Baja attempts to apologize to Jake for luring him into the fight with Ryan, but he refuses to forgive her. Baja then confronts Ryan about the fight with Jake and proceeds to end their relationship when Ryan shows no remorse. Ryan begins to create a scene before the entire school but Jake tries to step in to defend Baja. After Ryan insults him again and leaves, Jake attends training with Roqua. Still angry about the incident, he is unable to calm down and train effectively.